Thomas D. Woods was sentenced to a four-year mandatory prison term for having a clandestine drug lab in a Peddicord Avenue apartment.
Woods, 37, plead guilty Monday in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas to illegal manufacturing of drugs, a second-degree felony.
According to court records the apartment in the 400 block of Peddicord Avenue in Washington C.H. had no electricity and was supposed to be vacant, but upon executing a search warrant April 24, detectives with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office found two people inside working a drug laboratory and manufacturing methamphetamine, a schedule II illegal stimulate.
Two days prior to executing the search warrant, detectives were informed by an unknown person that Woods planned to make methamphetamine. The detectives monitored an internal system called NPLEX and saw that Woods had bought pseudoephedrine (a pharmaceutical allergy medication commonly misused to manufacture methamphetamine).
Upon entering the apartment April 24, the officers reported “chemical fumes were rolling out the door and a strong chemical odor was present.”
A “generator” in the apartment’s bathroom was found to be the cause of the chemical fumes. This “generator” was described in reports as being a pressurized soda bottle. Additional ingredients and tools used to manufacture methamphetamine were found throughout the apartment.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of an agent with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation to help process the drug lab materials, according to records.
The detectives also noticed the apartment was found to have working electricity. Outside they saw a set of wires coming out of the dryer vent of the residence next door. These wires were buried underground and then across the sidewalk, where they were caulked into the crack, and then connected to the apartment with the meth lab, again coming through the dryer vent.
A call was made to Dayton Power and Light and a representative advised the wiring was a very unsafe hazard.
The “generator” inside the apartment was removed and placed into a bucket as the BCI agent secured and transported all of the drug lab materials to the nearest “hazardous meth waste container,” reports said. A coffee filter with a white powder residue was found and sent for laboratory testing.
Woods was arrested for illegal manufacture of drugs. A second person, reportedly from Frankfort, was located inside the apartment and released.
For pleading guilty to the charge Woods will serve four years in prison. He was given 56 days of local jail time credit for time already served on the charge.
Woods was ordered to pay a mandatory fine of $7,500 but the fine was suspended. Following sentencing Woods was transferred to commence his prison term.
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